National Guardsman Arrested for Applying To Become a Hitman

National Guardsman Arrested for Applying To Become a Hitman

( – As inflation continues to rise, many Americans are feeling the squeeze on their wallets. While some people have sought higher-paying employment or picked up a side hustle, others are turning to shadier avenues to bring in a little extra cash. Authorities just arrested one Tennessee man who was trying to use the marksmanship skills he learned in the US military to become a hitman.

On Thursday, April 13, authorities charged 21-year-old Josiah Ernesto Garcia with the use of interstate facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Garcia applied for a contract mercenary position through the website The site was originally meant to advertise for a cybersecurity firm, but it turned into a parody site when the business failed. Complete with fake testimonials about people who supposedly used the murder-for-hire services, Garcia went ahead and applied to work as a hired killer for the group.

According to the Justice Department, Garcia, who served in the Air National Guard starting in July 2021, claimed his peers called him “Reaper” due to his shooting experience. After applying for the position, Garcia met with an undercover FBI agent at a park in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he accepted a packet detailing an individual he was supposed to kill and $2,500. The agents arrested the national guardsman after he asked if he had to provide photo evidence that he carried out the task.

According to court documents seen by ABC News, Garcia wrote that he was looking for a job “similar” to his work in the military, and when he applied to be a hitman he wrote, “put me in coach.” The Tennessee man claims he needed money to pay rent and for a child he would soon have. If convicted of his charge, Garcia could be in jail for up to 10 years.

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